Allen J. Schmidt
Allen J. Schmidt, 90 of Rich Hill, Missouri passed away February 13, 2019, due to a stroke, at Medicalodge of Butler in Butler, Missouri. He quietly and peacefully slipped away with family at his bedside. Funeral services will be held 10:30 am Sunday, February 17, 2019 at the Bethany Mennonite Church in Rich Hill, Missouri. A visitation will be held Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, also at the Bethany Mennonite Church in Rich Hill. Burial will follow services in the Bethany Mennonite Cemetery in Rich Hill. Services under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009). Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.
Allen James Schmidt was born on September 11, 1928 to Jonathan J. & Annie Koehn Schmidt in rural Bates county near Rich Hill, Missouri.
Dad grew up out in the old Rich Hill bottoms on the family farm with his very loving family. Growing up, he enjoyed the outdoors- hunting, fishing, trapping, and finding arrowheads. He attended the Oak Grove School for grades 1-8, right across the road from the old home place.
At the age of 14, he was converted and baptized into the Church of God in Christ Mennonite on February 3, 1942 at Rich Hill, Missouri by Minister Frank Wenger.
On October 4, 1953 he was joined in marriage to Margaret Viola Koehn at Lone Tree, Kansas. To this union were born 3 children.
Allen and Margaret felt called to go to the Mexico mission, where they spent 2 years with rich experiences. They were assisted by Sister Isabel Stoner, not knowing that 14 years later she would be our beloved mother and grandmother.
In 1985 Margaret passed away, after 32 years of marriage. On October 12, 1986, Dad was united in marriage with Isabel Stoner, with whom he was married another 32 years.
Dad was a story teller, and a lover of song, friends, and hospitality. As children and friends, we would be welcomed to their home with a hearty "Come in! Come in!”
Dad often spoke of the Celestial City, to which he would beckon all of us to join him.
Preceding him in death were his first wife Margaret, his parents, his parents-in-law, one infant daughter, one brother, one granddaughter; 12 brothersin-law; and 10 sistersin-law.
Left to cherish precious memories are his loving wife, Isabel of the home in Rich Hill; 2 children: David and Dianna Schmidt, El Campo, Texas; Greta and Rodney Unruh, Peoria, Arizona; 3 sisters: Evelyn & Gerald Dirks, Butler, Missouri; Violet Wedel, Tampa, Kansas; Mary Lou & Leland Dirks Butler, Missouri; 5 grandchildren; 3 greatgrandchildren; and numerous members of Margaret's and Isabel's families.